Tuesday, February 2, 2010


It is a slender, creeping plant grows in swampy areas in India. It has fan shape leaves. It can be eaten straight from the plant or added to salad or to chop as garnish to meal. The leaves can be used as tea (fresh or dried) with ice and sweetened with honey.

Properties: Asiaticoside (tripene glycoside, brahmoside, brahminoside(saponin glycosides). Madecassoside, a glycoside. Vitamin K, magnesium, calcium and sodium.

It can improve blood circulation in the body. It was found to be good in treating nervous breakdown. It is an energy enhancer to the cells of the brain. It is used as herbal tonics. It acts as cleanser of the blood. It strengthen the heart. It balances the hormones. It helps menopausal problems in women.

Believed to be a life enhancer contributing to a long life in India and Sri-Lanka. It increases mental activity. Act as mild tranquilizer. It can combat fatigue and improve memory. It was used as blood cleanser for skin disease. It is good to increase energy.

Considered as brain food promoting memory and energy enhancer. It has herbal properties of treating high blood pressure. Rich source of chlorophyll, vitamin A,B,C,K, magnesium and minerals. It fortify the immune system, cleansing, feeding, strengthening the adrenals. It is a tonic for purification of blood and for promoting healthy skin. A thyroid stimulant, diuretic to remove excess fluid from the body. As stimulant to the kidney and the bladder as purifier.

In research, it has a significant result in connective tissues, lymph tissues, blood vessels and mucous membrane. It is an anti-inflammatory agents for infection.

It has shown to decrease healing time and reduces scar tissue formation. Has positive effect in circulatory system. It seemed to improve flow of blood throughout the body by strengthening the veins and capillaries. It can treat phlebitis (inflammation of the veins).

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